Starr Truscott Jr., 79, of Birmingham, died suddenly Sept. 3, 2007, in his home.
He was born Mar 11, 1928, in Washington D.C., he had lived in Birmingham since 1951. He worked for 29 years for NACA, the agency that became NASA. He was one of the first employees at NASA Plum Brook. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a graduate of the University of North Carolina. He was the first chairman and served on the Erie MetroParks Board for 33 years from 1968-2001.
He was a member of Florence Township Zoning Commission from 1956-75. He helped establish the Erie Regional Planning Commission in 1963, and served as its president from 1965-67. He was instrumental in the acquisition of the Osborn property from the state of Ohio for Erie County.
During his tenure, Erie MetroParks grew from an unfunded body that managed a property to a park system with 1905 acres in 10 parks.
The Starr family settled in Birmingham in 1817, establishing a mill on the Vermilion River adjacent to the present Schoepfle Arboretum. Starr co-authored the book, "Birmingham of Yesterday" with Otto Schoepfle. He enjoyed travel and was an avid reader.
He believed deeply in the value of the natural world as essential and renewing to our lives, and in our responsibility to apply our intelligence, optimism and spirit to the lives of future generations.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Estelle (Deuell); four daughters, Pam Byrne of Knoxville, Md., Gail Truscott of Oberlin, Page Wichman of Westlake and Helen Sedoris Miller of Grandview Heights, Ohio; four grandchildren; and a brother, Francis Drake Truscott of Glenwood, Ill.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Starr and Katharine (Morse) Truscott; and two sisters, Noel Mason and Nancy Diehl.
Friends may call from 10:30 a.m. Saturday until services at 12:30 p.m. in Riddle Funeral Home, 5345 South St., Vermilion. The Rev. Carol Rettew of the Bay Presbyterian Church, will officiate. Interment will follow in Birmingham Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Erie MetroParks, 3109 Hull Road Huron, OH 44839.
Condolences may be made at riddlefuneralhome.com.